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From Bali: West Nusa Penida & Snorkeling Small Group Tour

1. From Bali: West Nusa Penida & Snorkeling Small Group Tour

Nusa Penida is a charming island off the east coast of Bali known for its picturesque beaches and excellent snorkelling opportunities. Measuring over 200km in size, it’s a large island that’s impossible to see during just one day. For that reason, you'll be taken on an adventure around the west part of the island! Whether you're in it for the amazing marine life, the gorgeous scenery, or the relaxing swim, we will have an amazing time time exploring the crystal-clear waters around Nusa Penida. And the best part? You don't have to be an experienced diver or swimmer to have some fun and look at the abundance of colourful sea life around the area. You don't even have to worry about snorkeling gear or entrance fees either – it's all taken care of by your trusty guide. You will have the chance to snorkel at some of the popular watering holes such as Manta Point Nusa Penida, Wall Point Nusa Penida, and Mangrove Point Nusa Penida. (If you want to see graceful manta rays out and about, pick Manta Point!) There's a 85% chance of seeing manta rays and you will definitely enjoy this tour. You'll also get to cover three beaches: Kelingking Beach – where you can spot more manta rays and turtles riding the waves below, Angel's Billabong – a natural blue and green infinity pool, and Broken Beach – an enormous swirling pool that is definitely one for the Nusa Penida bucket list!

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Nusa Dua: Underwater Sea Walking Experience

2. Nusa Dua: Underwater Sea Walking Experience

Walk at the bottom of the sea without getting your hair wet. Sea walker is a soft dive system that is designed specifically for those who are not confident swimmers or do not wish to dive. All you will need to do is put on a helmet with a transparent visor and head on down to explore Bali’s stunning underwater life with a professional guide. After changing into your swimsuit, you will be taken to the pontoon which takes only 3 minutes from the beach. You go down the stairs to the bottom of the sea while seeing the wild fish surrounding you- just walk straight in. The instructors will always accompany you during the activity. Just relax and feel your closeness to nature. With a unique helmet design, you can get face-to-face with the sea life and be able to breathe the same as you do on the surface and also you can still wear your glasses or contact lenses. You will able to walk around for 15 minutes in the ocean and play with some fish in their habitat. When the activity is finished, you will be able to freshen up and take a shower at the shower facilities, change your wet clothes, and get ready to go home.

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Bali: Hidden Canyon, Waterfall & Temples Small Group Tour

3. Bali: Hidden Canyon, Waterfall & Temples Small Group Tour

Embrace the opportunity to don your swimwear, go barefoot, jump, trek and swim deep into the heart of a hidden Balinese canyon. Travel by air-conditioned minibus to Tegenungan Waterfall, just a stone’s throw from popular Ubud. It will take you over 100 steps to get up close and personal to the waterfalls. Spend a busy afternoon exploring some of Bali’s best-loved temples. Start off at Goa Gajah, otherwise known as the Elephant Temple. In true Hindi style, this temple is elaborately decorated with otherworldly carvings and taken over by sprawling tree roots akin to Angkor Wat. Next, visit one of the few places in Bali that can compete at the Gunung Kawi Temple. Learn about how it's one of the island’s oldest monuments, a must to experience the history and culture of Indonesia. To get there, pass through the beautiful terraced rice fields that Bali is so famous for. Return to your accommodation with an all-around feel for the island’s nature, cuisine, and architecture.

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Komodo Island: Private 4–Day Trip with Phinisi Boat & Hotel

4. Komodo Island: Private 4–Day Trip with Phinisi Boat & Hotel

Your 4–day tour starts at the Labuan Bajo Airport where your guide will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel. After check–in and lunch, your guide will bring you directly to the pier, where the private boat will be waiting for you. Head to Bidadari island, where you can relax or explore Bidadari's surrounding waters. Sail back to your hotel in the late afternoon and have an early night's sleep in preparation for the next day's adventure. On day 2, after breakfast in the hotel and a short trip to the pier of Labuan Bajo, your Komodo adventure will begin. Sail through the waters to Rinca Island and trek through the dry forest, where the Komodo dragons live. See other wild and unique animals like deer, wild buffalo, macaque, wild pigs and a wide variety of birds. Move on to Kalong Island to have lunch, try snorkeling, and see the flying foxes set out from the mangrove forest in the evenings. Have your dinner and a night's rest onboard. On day 3, wake up early in the morning and start with a trek through the dry forest, see plenty of giant lizards and other wild animals and birds, such as the lesser sulfur-crested cockatoo, collared kingfisher, and more. A local professional ranger will lead you into the Komodo National Park. Return to the boat and head to the unique Pink Beach to swim, snorkel, or explore. After having lunch on board, sail toward Manta Point to see the huge mantas. Head back to Labuan Bajo, check-in to your hotel, and have a nice dinner. On the final day, after breakfast in the hotel, visit the Batu Cermin Cave full of fascinating stalactites and stalagmites, and see rays of light leak through the cave walls. After the cave, visit a local market to see different wares on display. Pick up souvenirs from the market before going back to the airport or any other place in Labuan Bajo you'd like to visit.

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Ubud & Canggu: Rice Terrace, Waterfall & Black Sand Beach

5. Ubud & Canggu: Rice Terrace, Waterfall & Black Sand Beach

After pickup in a private vehicle from your hotel, you will head to Ubud and make your first stop at the stunning Tegenungan waterfall where you can walk up close to the cascades and step over the top rocks to get amazing views of the surrounding jungle. Next, explore the Ubud Art Market that is located in front of the Royal Ubud Palace. Here you can find beautiful silk scarves, lightweight shirts, handmade woven bags, baskets or hats; statues, kites and many other hand-crafted goods. The Ubud market also served as a setting for the Hollywood movie 'Eat Pray Love', which shows a scene where actress Julia Roberts is opposite a male character strolling through the stalls which are frequently visited by foreign and domestic visitors in real life. Your visit to Ubud is not complete without visiting Tegallalang rice terrace, famous for its beautiful scenes of rice paddies. Your private tour guide will explain to you about Subak which is the traditional Balinese irrigation system. You will have the option to visit a Luwak coffee plantation where you can see how the most expensive coffee in the world is made. After exploring Ubud, you will go to Canggu, the new benchmark for edgy beach clubs and bars, progressive eating spots and slick spas in Bali. Your guide will take you to check out the black sand beach where you can relax, grab a beer, and witness the sunset view before going back to your hotel.

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Mount Batur: Private Sunrise Jeep Tour & Natural Hot Spring

6. Mount Batur: Private Sunrise Jeep Tour & Natural Hot Spring

Meet your own private tour guide, a trained 4WD specialist, and climb aboard a custom-built, four-wheel drive vehicle. Your private guide is also a certified member of the Mount Batur Guide Association, so expect great stories about the history of the region, interesting information about the features of the landscape, all with a great sense of humor. You are in safe hands on this off-road adventure. You will first visit Perapen Temple located south of Mount Batur then continue to explore Lava Ball Point. Hop out of the vehicle and feel the incredible Kintamani landscape surround you. You will find a large cave formed from a lava flow and you will wonder if you are on a different planet. Ask your guide why it is called a holy cave? The second stop is the volcanic lava flow of 1964. How did it happen? Your tour guide has the answer. As the guide navigates the four-wheel drive vehicle through the lava fields to get there, you will witness the local farmers working in their small fields and vegetable gardens. Be surrounded by world famous black Lava formations and witness the extraordinary view of an active volcano in the distance. Incredible photo opportunities await. To complete your day, enjoy a long soak in the healing waters of Batur Natural Hot Spring. Enjoy the photographic panorama of beautiful Lake Batur from a completely different angle.

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Ubud: Floating Breakfast and Hot Air Balloon Experience

7. Ubud: Floating Breakfast and Hot Air Balloon Experience

Begin your day in paradise with a breakfast served in an infinity pool at one of the most prestigious resorts in Ubud. The floating breakfast comes on a beautifully designed wooden boat decked out with your favourite treats complete with a bottle of sparkling wine. This is the ultimate indulgence if you are a honeymooner or part of a couple celebrating the spirit of love. All you have to do is slip into your swimwear to enjoy your floating breakfast in a setting overlooking the breathtaking beauty of Ubud’s terraced landscape. Based on a la carte choice, you will have plenty of selections ranging from fresh juices, tea and coffee selections, smoothies, a fruit platter, cereals, or muesli. You can also select to have either Indonesian breakfast such as noodles, martabak or suit yourself with Western-style breakfast ranging from scrambled egg, omelette, egg benedicts, bacon, sausages, or pancakes. You will also enjoy a bottle of local sparkling wine to complete your celebration with your loved one. Your ultimate morning will then continue by experiencing Bali's first and only hot air balloon experience. See a spectacular display from above, from the lush tropical forests of Ubud to the holy Mount Agung on the eastern horizon. This experience is a one-of-a-kind adventure to go up in the air by 23-metre hot air balloon, fitted for travellers with a cosy wicker basket. Each flight climbs a thrilling 50 metres over rice fields and floats at the end of a tether.

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Langudu: Horse Riding on the Beach and in the Rice Fields

8. Langudu: Horse Riding on the Beach and in the Rice Fields

Experience the natural beauty of Bali from the back of a horse. A horse will be selected to suit your riding ability and you’ll receive basic instruction before heading out. An experienced groom will ride with you through lush green rice fields, where little has changed over the centuries. Continue from the village to Pig Stone Beach. The rides are suitable for everyone, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider. However, please note that riders must weigh less than 90 kg.

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Bali: Ujung Water Palace, Candidasa and Sidemen Village Tour

9. Bali: Ujung Water Palace, Candidasa and Sidemen Village Tour

Your adventure begins with pickup from your hotel then heads into the Eastern Bali, also known as ’New Bali’, one of the island’s most remote and exotic areas boasting scenic mountains and ancient temples. Some of the island’s most magnificent historical landmarks call Eastern Bali their home, including well-kept royal palaces and beautiful water gardens. The first stop of the day is the stunning Taman Ujung Water Palace, which has undergone extensive renovations since the eruption of the nearby Mount Agung nearly destroyed it in 1963. At the palace, explore the complex of pools and historic structures set against a stunning backdrop of the shoreline. Afterwards, follow the shoreline and marvel at the traditional salt panners who work here in the hot sun to retrieve some of the tastiest sea salt in the world. Then, visit Kusamba where you can learn about the salt panning process and join a local farmer at work. Following your salting experience, visit Sidemen Village, which has been compared to the popular destination of Ubud. The village straddles one of the many agricultural valleys that form the ramp up to the imposing peak of the volcanic Gunung Agung with panoramic rice terraces, farmlands and the quaint villages nestled in hills and valleys. At the village there’s also time to visit Monkey Bar and swim over a lush jungle of Dawan.

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Mount Batur: Sunrise Trekking Tour

10. Mount Batur: Sunrise Trekking Tour

The sunrise trek to Mount Batur volcano is considered an essential Bali experience. The famous volcano stands at 1,717 m (5,633 ft) above sea level, overlooking spectacular scenery with views of the crater lake, black lava landscape, and the massive peak of Gunung Agung, Bali’s holiest mountain and the highest point on the island. It takes around 2 hours to reach the summit (1.5 if you're fast); the total hiking duration is usually 4 hours. Before light, you will be walking at cooler climes under an awe-inspiring blanket of stars. At the top, you will witness the sun come up over a sea of clouds before continuing to trek around the crater lake and summit ridge. You'll be given a hot beverage and a sandwich and egg to revive your spirits. After exploring recent lava flows and younger craters, you will head down to loop back to the starting point through a unique volcanic landscape full of native flora and fauna (watch out for the tall grass with purple blooms), encountering mischievous Balinese long-tailed macaques along the way. You must be up and early to begin their trek to make it in time for the break of dawn. You will arrive at the starting point at 3:30am and will begin with a short briefing. Arriving at the top of Mt. Batur takes 1.5-2 hours (3.5km); the total distance of the trail is around 11km.

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Our guide and driver Gede Raka arrived on time to pick up us, he was very helpful, and knowledgeable. Both guides were creative and patient taking our pictures! My children and I loved the trip, it’s a great alternative to see the sunrise at Mt Batur without having to hike which can be tiresome for children. And with the Jeep you can visit places otherwise inaccesible like the black lava field (it’s like another planet!).

We loved this trip! Such great value for money - everything was taken care of and Topan was the the best guide we could have asked for, he knew all the best spots and showed us so much more than we expected, not to mention he was so friendly. We can't recomend this trip enough.

Ignore the bad comments this tour is a gem as well as my great guide Bello! He is the best, great photographer and makes you feel safe at all times. The views of the places are fascinating

The guide Sinta was super nice with us! She was the best guide that I had in all trip! If I came back Bali, for sure I will take another tour with the company.

Loved it, my guide was great with helping me get great views and pics. There's so much value in having a local guide.